October 19, 2010

Post Punk Kitchen Is the Only Kitchen For Me!

by IsaChandra

Who would have thought that when I put up a silly little website with a handful of recipes that it would change my life forever? I mean, I’ve had some dumb ideas in the past (Fat Girl Disco-Robics, anyone?) and I thought this would just be another one. But here we are almost a decade later, baking our two-millionth and one vegan cupcake.

So first and foremost I want to thank all of you that have come along for the ride. From my livejournal friends of 2002 to all the awesome media attention, to my mom…thank you all for your support. I am ridiculously grateful for all the love we receive and not a day goes by where I don’t take some time to give thanks in somehow — I’m just very Oprah in that way. I hope that this new improved site is helpful and fun for everyone. I know it is a lifesaver for me, no more spending hours and hours deleting Russian porn spam! A big round of applause to the fabulous What Cheer for creating such a beautiful site! They took my love of vintage, scribbled in, loved to pieces cookbooks and they ran with it. Thank you, John Henry and Alex!

OK so here’s a rundown of some of the new stuff.

Many of you are probably wondering where your favorite recipes went! Well, I am adding recipes from the old database into this one slowly but surely. Do a search for the recipe and if it doesn’t come up let me know and I will do my best to add it back.

And even more importantly, the heart and soul of the PPK…message boards! I know how slow and cumbersome (and maybe just a little too bright) the old boards were. The new ones are running with faster software that is much easier to organize for the hard working moderators. Thing is, we had to get rid of the old ones completely because of the new software, so you’ll have to rejoin. Here’s to new beginnings!

We’ve also got stuff for sale to pay the bills: T-shirts, books and aprons. We’re totally ad-free!

Other than that, just have a look around. Everything is pretty self-explanatory. I’m especially excited to be able to update things so easily, so expect seasonal new recipes at lightening speed (or at least weekly) plus all the hottest gossip on bake sales, benefit dinners and the most controversial and scandalous new vegan options in your area.

Again, thanks for all the support over the years. Vegan cooking has gained so much ground in the past decade, here’s to another decade of moving forward, never backward! The tofu marches on!

Fizzle says: I love you, put some air in your tires!

  • October 23, 2010 at 6:00 am: kittee

    first post! yay! i love the new site, isha. it’s beautiful and lovely. thanks so much for creating this wonderful vegan community. i’ve met so many of my real life friends here, people who i will be friends with forever.


  • October 23, 2010 at 6:22 am: kittee

    also, that is the best tattoo i have ever seen. holy shit, that person is gonna be famous.

  • October 23, 2010 at 7:15 am: amey

    Isa, I’m with kittee… thanks so much for being the steam that got this train going. It’s absolutely crazy and wonderful and surprising how much the PPK has enhanced my life. My real life! thank you!

  • October 23, 2010 at 7:17 am: karla

    yes, i want to know whose tattooed arm that is!

  • October 23, 2010 at 7:29 am: Rebecca

    That is the sickest tattoo!

  • October 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm: Allyson

    fun!! the new website looks incredible!
    ….agree on the awesomeness of that tattoo

  • October 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm: little rat

    yay isa! the new site is absolutely lovely, congrats and gratitude!

    fizzie i adore u xo

  • October 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm: supercarrot

    another request for the name of the nooch lover.

    you’re the best, isa. <3 you get shiitake done! you go!

  • October 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm: emilie


    thank you so much for continuing to work so hard to make my life better, my recipes more flavorful and to keep me inspired. light and love to you forever, emilie

  • October 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm: Kelly

    The new site looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for everything you do to spread the vegan luuurve.

  • October 23, 2010 at 3:48 pm: Jenn

    Love the new site. Rock on.

  • October 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm: Crystal

    amazing, isa. thanks for the best website ever.

  • October 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm: Jessie

    The new site is awesome! It’s going to be even better than before! Great job. :)

  • October 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm: Kimberlee

    Tattoo envy!

    This website has changed my life. That’s why I’m going to buy a t-shirt. :)

    And holy shittake! The recipe area is going to be so powerful. Woo!

  • October 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm: Desdemona

    Love you, love the PPK, love the new website: PPK 4 EVA!!!

  • October 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm: Tara

    Love the new site! Long live the PPK!

  • October 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm: jess

    warm and fuzzies galore. I can’t imagine life without the PPK these past few years, and beyond. from the recipe for alfreda sauce on the forums to the life-improving cookbooks to countless hours spent talking about my bathroom habits on the forums and reading about what groceries vegans like to buy – thank you guys.

  • October 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm: Anni

    That tattoo – love.
    The new site – extra love!
    Seriously, thank you for your huge contribution to vegan cooking. As someone who LOVES cooking and experimenting with recipes, I don’t think I could have made the “vegan leap” without such a wonderful, established community. And vegan cupcakes. The cupcakes were definitely instrumental.

  • October 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm: Geanna

    The site looks amazing – glad to see it back up!

  • October 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm: MoominMamma

    Really loving the new site!
    Keep up the excellent work, I’m new to all this and am currently enjoying ‘Veganomicon’ very much.

  • October 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm: Rebecca Martin

    Unlimited love!! I’m training with Team Hoyt for the Boston Marathon in April 2011 so I’ll be thumbing through re-visiting all my fave vegan comfort food recipes to fuel me through the winter training. No surprise that vegans get shiitake done!!

  • October 26, 2010 at 4:14 am: regina

    It’s so awesome I almost peed myself!!

  • October 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm: Sequoia

    Love the new site! It’s great being able to follow your blog again. Can’t wait for your new cookbook to arrive!!! And help me avoid the winter add on…

  • October 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm: BlessedMama

    What a wonderful new site – congratulations! I’m looking forward to all your new creations.

  • October 27, 2010 at 5:01 am: admin

    Thanks you guys!!!

  • October 28, 2010 at 7:25 am: matthew

    what a beautiful post! so happy to see the face lift. keep on keeping on. your work touches so many lives. :)
    ~ m

  • October 29, 2010 at 12:34 am: Sapphira

    This new design is a shock to the system–in a good way.

    Anyhow, thank you for dreaming up this web site, this community–I, for one, hope to be part of it for a long time to come.

    Here’s to ‘dumb ideas’–so-called and actual.

  • October 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm: P

    Hi Isa! From the bottom of my heart, thank you. My husband became vegan overnight. It took me about a year to transition (I don’t know if I’m supposed to admit that, but there it is). I couldn’t have done it without your wonderful cookbooks. And Terry too.

  • October 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm: laura

    greetings from berlin!! love ur stuff <3

  • October 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm: Carolyn

    It’s finally here! Happy happy happy! Thanks to Isa and all the other vegan bloggers I can’t possibly keep up with for such supreme inspiration and support. You guys keep me moving on my own journey to vegan. PPK is going to be better than ever!

  • November 1, 2010 at 2:56 am: Jenna

    Hi Isa! LOVE the new website/blog, btw. I’ve been a fan for a few years now and use your site regularly for recipe ideas. As a public relations major, I keep my eye out for great design/layout ideas, as well. Your new design looks great, and is definitely more user-friendly. Way to go!

  • November 2, 2010 at 1:29 am: LN

    where can i find the old theme song??

  • November 4, 2010 at 2:42 am: boychucker

    Isa- you are my hero and Fat Girl Disco-Robics is not a dumb idea at all. I love the new site, esp. the new forums. Viva La PPK!

  • November 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm: sheree

    Love the new site and love that tat!!! So glad you are back!!!!!

  • November 5, 2010 at 1:53 am: Sarah (appifanie)

    A nooch tat! AWESOME.

  • November 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm: andrea devon

    i love the new site, and i am excited to see lots of updates and great photos and recipes for delish foods too. i have been a fan of ppk for years and years, and definitely credit ppk and mz isa with serious baking and cooking inspiration!

  • November 12, 2010 at 12:35 am: Émilie

    I LOVE your new website. Thank you for all you do for veganism. You ROCK!

  • November 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm: Chelsea

    whoo! awesome Isa! it looks absolutely amazing. an old fan here, from the LiveJournal days :)

  • November 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm: The Edgy Vedgy

    the site looks amazing…and i LOVE the tattoo. i’ve been wanting to get another tattoo to honor my veganism….the nutritional yeast was defiantly a good choice.

  • November 16, 2010 at 12:20 am: Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

    Wow time flies! Site looks great :) that tattoo rocks.

  • November 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm: Rita

    Isa, am a huge fan of yours from way down south in Houston Tx. I have won over my family members to your rocking cupcakes. Please let me know if you ever come to Houston Texas I woul love to meet you. Love the website and the recipes.

  • December 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm: Eebsil

    So glad the website is back! I couldn’t be (i.e. wouldn’t have been) Veg without you!
    And I say special thanks to you every delicious Sunday morning!!

  • December 7, 2010 at 12:19 am: brian

    Thank you for your recipes.
    I can eat with my vegan girlfriend and be happy.
    1 suggestion –> For your new book: powells.com link instead of amazon.

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